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As facts later came to light, Anderson says it became clear that mine officials were the only party to have known that the original reports were not true. "They're the ones who controlled access," he says. "They knew 45 minutes after the families started celebrating that something was not correct with the information. They got a conflicting report that, in fact, all the miners were dead at 12:30 a.m. and they chose for another two hours not to say anything to these mining families."
Anderson says that confusion reigned that night at Sago. Everyone thought the situation was exactly as it was originally reported, though, in fact, it was a "very bad mistake."
He says he does not believe it was caused by shoddy journalism. "The Governor gave the thumbs up," Anderson says. "The Congresswoman confirmed it. Every family member we talked to confirmed it. I've never been in a [situation] where you do all the right things and it's still wrong."